Monday, June 29, 2009

Fab Fourth Of July Finds



Is your mouth watering profusely? Mine is!

NOW,

STOP Drooling..... and START Makin'!

Any of these would be a hit at your 4th of July celebration this weekend!

1. Rocket Pops

2. Easy Patriotic Pie

3. Wave Your Flag Cake

4. Patriotic Cream Tart

5. Firecracker Cupcakes

6. Patriotic Twinkie Pie *Scroll Down Past Cream Tart*

7. Patriotic Layers

8. Patriotic Poke Cake

9. Berry Patriotic Yogurt Cups



**BONUS** :

Sparklin' Marshmallow Crispy Treats

What Does It Cost You?

I have always loved the story of Mary and the Alabaster Box with the precious ointment inside. One of our pastors preached on this very passage last evening and it sparked my love for this passage once again.

(Mark 14:3-8)

Alabaster is a beautiful semi-transparent gemstone.

It was used to make containers which would hold only the most expensive and precious contents.

When the contents were extremely precious, the makers would work the stone in such a way that the only way to empty it would be to break the container.

This perfume was made from the oil of an herb plant called nard and was only found in India in Biblical times, so this was a precious import and it could very well have been a family heirloom passed down from generation to generation. In biblical times, perfume was stored in an alabaster jar and could only be used once.

Once you broke the seal of the jar, it had to be used at that moment, or it would loose its fragrance. Mary knew that this would be a one time deal. She was willing to give it all or nothing at all.


What are we doing with the resources God has given to us as woman of God?

What does it mean to you to give your best to Him?

Are you giving Him your 'leftovers'?

When you have a special, honored guest into your home, do you give them your soggy leftovers from last night's hurried meal? No, you take your time -

Planning
Preparing
Presenting

your very best!

How much more should we do this for our Savior?

Sacrifice never seems justifiable. It never looks good on paper.


BUT~

It should cost you something!


Ever thought these very same things I have?:

I have so much to do today, I couldn't possibly STOP what I'm doing, and spend some time with you! I want to do this ___________ (<-----insert excuse here). Mary anointed both the head and the feet of her Master, and wiped His feet with her hair. It was an act of love and devotion that brought fragrance to the whole house.


It was an act of Faith - she believed what Jesus was saying about His imminent death and burial.

Our belief in what God says should cause us to respond in obedience.

Each of us women have our own life to live before the Lord. Only we know of what He is asking of us- what He is asking us to sacrifice for Him - what he is asking us to lay down for Him.

Our motivation should be that of Love, Gratitude, Thankfulness, and Honor for our Savior Jesus Christ.

Alabaster Box

The room grew still
As she made her way to Jesus
She stumbles through the tears that made her blind
She felt such pain
Some spoke in anger
Heard folks whisper
There's no place here for her kind
Still on she came
Through the shame that flushed her face
Until at last, she knelt before his feet
And though she spoke no words
Everything she said was heard
As she poured her love for the Master
From her box of alabaster

And I've come to pour
My praise on Him
Like oil from Mary's alabaster box
Don't be angry if I wash his feet with my tears
And I dry them with my hair
You weren't there the night He found me
You did not feel what I felt
When he wrapped his love all around me and
You don't know the cost of the oil
In my alabaster box

I can't forget the way life used to be
I was a prisoner to the sin that had me bound
And I spent my days
Poured my life without measure
Into a little treasure box
I'd thought I'd found
Until the day when Jesus came to me
And healed my soul
With the wonder of His touch
So now I'm giving back to Him
All the praise He's worthy of
I've been forgiven
And that's why
I love Him so much

Saturday, June 27, 2009

Drip Drop Drip Drop

You are trying to sleep but just cannot get that nagging sound out of your head!

Drip .......Drop
Drip .......Drop
Drip .......Drop


The second part of Proverbs 19:13 says that "The contentions of a wife are a continual dropping"

con·ten·tious \kən-ˈten(t)-shəs\

Definitions

-exhibiting an often perverse and wearisome tendency to quarrels and disputes

-synonyms see:

bel·lig·er·ent

-waging war

-inclined to or exhibiting assertiveness, hostility, or combativeness


Contentious mean having an aggressive or fighting attitude. Belligerent often implies being actually at war or engaged in hostilities. Quarrelsome stresses an ill-natured readiness to fight without good cause. Contentious implies perverse and irritating fondness for arguing and quarreling.


Take a serious assessment of your behavior and attitude towards your own husband. Would any of these words describe you? EVER?

CONTENTIOUS
BELLIGERENT
DISPUTING SPIRIT
HOSTILE
QUARRELSOME
FIGHTING SPIRIT
IRRITATING
FONDNESS FOR ARGUING
WAGING WAR
PUGNACIOUS

NO!

Well Maybe sometimes?

Oh Dear! Yes, they do...


As Christians, more specifically Christian Wives, we are called to a life of continually examining ourselves before the Lord.

Psalm 139:23-24

23 Search me, O God, and know my heart;
test me and know my anxious thoughts.

24 See if there is any offensive way in me,
and lead me in the way everlasting.


No one is perfect. . .

BUT:

We can continually seek the heart of God and desire to CHANGE...

FOR THE BETTER!

For HIS Glory.


So examine your own life today. Ask God to change your heart. Be a woman, wife, and child of God who seeks to create a home that is welcoming and peaceable.






Proverbs 31:11

The heart of her husband doth safely trust in her, so that he shall have no need of spoil.



Friday, June 26, 2009

Take the I LUV U Challenge!


Here is a fun little game to play with your kids.

To play along, start immediately.

Say Guess what - (child says what) then say I LOVE YOU to your child(ren) often with a big smile.


Note their responses, body language, etc on a piece of paper.

Do this throughout the morning/afternoon.

Record the age of your child and their responses to you below in the comment section.



Here's what I found after playing this simple game:

Daughter Riley - Age 2 1/2

Responses:

I love you too

Big Smile

Came over and gave me a big hug

No response

Stop mommy - with a shy look but still smiling

You are my BEST FRIEND!

I have a surprise for you.


Son Carson - age 5 months

BIG SMILE

Giggles

Grin

Kiss on mommy's cheek



Tuesday, June 23, 2009

A Twist on your Traditional Chicken Salad

Do not pay any attention to this recipe if you do not like your "normal food" (as my husband likes to call it) changed into one of those "foo-foo" dishes.

Personally, I LOVED IT! It's sweet, yet crunchy, and oh so creamy touch gives it a SCRUMPTIOUS in my book.

This would be a great choice for a Ladies Luncheon!

Flock of Geese Chicken Salad



Serve this on a wrap, bread of choice, or even by itself right off the spoon!

Has It Been Awhile Since You Had Your Fuel Checked?

EVER HAVE ONE OF THOSE DAYS?

Your computer has been infected by those pesky viruses


ALERT - - - > Patience = “Fuel Getting Low”


Your daughter wakes up with hives all over her face from an allergic reaction to sun block


ALERT - - - > Patience = “Must Fill Up Soon”


You go to take your nice, clean, fresh clothing out of the laundry only to find this:







SIDE NOTE (Cleaning): One of the many uses for baby wipes - wiping off pen from inside your dryer





ALERT - - - > Patience = “Blinking Red Light”


You manage to gather yourself together after cleaning up that horrific mess only to hear that dreadful whine – followed by the look of terror in your toddler’s eyes and the rumbling in their tummy.

You quickly sweep them up and make a mad dash for the bathroom only to miss right before the bowl.




ALERT - - - > Patience = “EMPTY”


What to do when your patience "fuel level" is running low? STOP and PRAY!




Psalm 63:1 "O God, thou art my God; EARLY WILL I SEEK THEE

Monday, June 22, 2009

Hiding God's Word in Your Heart

Once your child starts to talk, It is NEVER to early to start teaching them to hide God's Word in their heart.

Today Riley and I did a craft based on Romans 10:15 - How beautiful are the feet of them that preach the gospel.

Here is what you will need:

2 Pieces of Construction Paper - let your child pick the colors

Pencil/Pen

Scissors

Glue stick/Tape

Crayons

Optional - print verse from your computer


Feel free to be a fly on the wall and see how our craft turned out:

#1. Collect Your Supplies



#2. Trace your child's feet on one piece of construction paper



#3. Have your child point to their feet and say that they are beautiful when they spread God's good news



#4. Cut out your child's paper feet and tape/glue onto 2nd piece of paper



#5. Let your child color their feet



#6. Tape/write verse on the top of the paper



#7. Write the name of your child and the date on the paper and post to fridge




#8. Practice memorizing and discussing the verse throughout the week with your child.


Your fellow W.M.H.,
Traci

To Be Inspired

in·spire
Pronunciation:\in-ˈspī(-ə)r\


To influence, move, or guide by divine or supernatural inspiration

To exert an animating, enlivening, or exalting influence on

To spur on: impel, motivate


It does not matter if it is a picture, thought, quote, verse, good book, or action;

I love to be inspired!

Maybe that is why I love photography so much - a good photo can paint a picture and cause me to dream and imagine such tangible change.

My greatest inspirations come from God's Word (or should). As a christian woman, I strive to be the best wife, mommy, and homemaker for God's glory.

With this blog, I hope to capture "ordinary inspirations". This may be in the form of a new project with my children, a neat craft, a yummy recipe, some great bible verses, a pretty picture. . . the list goes on.

My desire is that what inspires me, may inspire you to be a better wife, mommy and homemaker too!

So won't you join me on this creative journey? Just click on "Follow This Blog".

Feel free to contact me at ordinaryinspirations@gmail.com.

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Your fellow W.M.H (Wife, Mommy, Homemaker),